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OPT for Startup Founders

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International student founders and recent graduates can work for their startups on OPT, as long as they follow a few guidelines.

Understanding the Steps in the Green Card Process (2023)

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This blog will help you better understand the green card process steps, what the various stages of this process are and how the timeline of the application process plays out. As you petition for a green card, we want you to understand what to expect. We hope to give you some insight into the overall timeline so you can give yourself the best chance of success.

Starting Your Own Business While on an H-1B Visa

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Yes, you can launch a startup on an H-1B visa. However, if your H-1B is sponsored by another company, there is a limit to what you can do for your new startup while working at a different employer.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Work Visa Approved?

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There are two times during the U.S. visa process when you can receive an approval. How long does it take to reach the final step of the visa process? Well, that depends.

The Legal Aspects Of Early Stage Startup Fundraising

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What are the legal implications of VC funding vs raising funds from family and friends? Business attorney Leslee Cohen and our immigration team answer your questions about early fundraising.

O-1 vs EB-2 NIW for Startup Founders and International Students

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The O-1A work visa and the EB-2 NIW green card petition are two very different paths to working in the United States. Which path is right for you?

Work Visas and Green Cards for Indian Startup Founders

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So, you’ve grown a successful startup back in India and you’re exploring expanding into the U.S. to be closer to manufacturers, customers, or investors. Or you’ve actually spent some time in the U.S. and are curious about what green card options are available to you.

The EB2 NIW for Startup Founders

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One way to become a United States permanent resident is through employment. If you’re an entrepreneur, some paths to permanent residency may be more challenging. The good news is that the EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) makes it relatively easy for many startup founders to obtain a green card.

U.S. Immigration Paths for Chinese Startup Founders

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Whether you would like to expand your Chinese startup in the U.S., or you’re in the process of starting a new venture here, you’ll need to take into consideration your short-term visa options and possibly your long-term immigration options.

Green Card Options for Startup Founders

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There are a lot of great startup founder visa options available. Here, we discuss the EB-2 NIW and EB-1A startup founder green cards.

Spotlight: Michael Oluwole of Touch and Pay

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Michael Oluwole is the Nigerian founder of Touch and Pay, a fintech startup that is digitizing payment across the African continent, one merchant at a time.

H-1B1: A Specialty Occupation Work Visa for Singaporean and Chilean Nationals

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The H-1B1 is a nonimmigrant visa category for citizens of Chile and Singapore. To qualify, you must have a job offer for a specialty occupation role.

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